144 Success Quotes and Sayings

Success comes in different forms. You can be successful in your career, as a parent, as a friend, or in your battle against a deadly health condition. Since we all have different measurements and definitions of the word “success”, we compiled the best success quotes here to help you have a better understanding of what success really means. Regardless of what you’re currently aiming for or have already achieved, please allow us to be the first to say, “Congratulations on your success!”

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1. Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston S. Churchill

2. It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. – Herman Melville

3. The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. – Colin R. Davis

4. Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. – Henry David Thoreau

5. Opportunities don’t happen. You create them. – Chris Grosser

6. Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. – John D. Rockefeller

7. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. – Thomas Jefferson

8. There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world. Those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed. – Ray Goforth

9. Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. – Jim Rohn

10. Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value. – Albert Einstein

11. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. – Winston Churchill

12. Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion. – Tony Hsieh

13. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

14. I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite. – G. K. Chesterton

15. Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success. – Thomas J. Watson

16. If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn

17. The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.

18. Do one thing every day that scares you.

19. All progress takes place outside the comfort zone. – Michael John Bobak

20. People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy. – Tony Robbins

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21. I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time. – Herbert Bayard Swope

22. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it. – W.C. Fields

23. So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed. 98 and ¾ percent guaranteed. Kid, you’ll move mountains. – Dr. Seuss

24. Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get. – W. P. Kinsella

25. Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny. – Steve Maraboli

26. Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. – Truman Capote

27. The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you. – Bette Midler

28. Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it. – Salvador Dali

29. Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston S. Churchill

30. Anyone whose goal is ‘something higher’ must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves. – Milan Kundera

31. If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x, y is play, and z is keeping your mouth shut. – Albert Einstein

32. Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.  – Coco Chanel

33. Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness. – Steve Maraboli

34. I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down. – Abraham Lincoln

35. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney

36. Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand. – Hayley Williams

37. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Oliver Goldsmith

38. Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world. – Roy T. Bennett

39. All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. – Mark Twain

40. Sometimes life knocks you on your ass. Get up, get up, get up. Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them. – Steve Maraboli

41. How would your life be different if you stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day. You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey. – Steve Maraboli

42. It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. – Leonardo da Vinci

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43. Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time to criticize others. – Roy T. Bennett

44. It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. – Theodore Roosevelt

45. A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all. – Friedrich Nietzsche

46. A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do. – Bob Dylan

47. Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. – Coco Chanel

48. Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. – Robert F. Kennedy

49. If you try and lose then it isn’t your fault. But if you don’t try and we lose, then it’s all your fault. – Orson Scott Card

50. Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it. – Winston S. Churchill

51. At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets. – Steve Maraboli,

52. Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens. – Tony DeLiso

53. I don’t care if you’re black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor. If you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Simple as that. – Robert Michaels

54. Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn’t what you get for it, but what you become for it. Shake things up today! Be You. Be Free. Share. – Steve Maraboli

55. Never stop dreaming. Never stop believing. Never give up. Never stop trying, and never stop learning. – Roy T. Bennett

56. Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. – Napoleon Hill

57. The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it. – Criss Jami

58. When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity, you cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others. – Robert Greene

59. Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting. – Sun Tzu

60. We are all failures at least the best of us are. – J.M. Barrie

61. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. – Dalai Lama XIV

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62. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will. – Vince Lombardi

63. I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. – Oprah Winfrey

64. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby

65. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. – Abraham Lincoln

66. Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. – Pele

67. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. – Colin Powell

68. Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come. – Dwayne Johnson

69. No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed. – Godfrey Winn

70. The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. – Vince Lombardi

71. Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. – Swami Sivananda

72. Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students. – Solomon Ortiz

73. Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success. – Virat Kohli

74. Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. – Benjamin Franklin

75. Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. – Bruce Lee

76. As long as you keep going, you’ll keep getting better. And as you get better, you gain more confidence. That alone is success. – Tamara Taylor

77. The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it. – Kalpana Chawla

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78. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. – Helen Keller

79. At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure. – Erin Cummings

80. The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

81. Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success. – Shiv Khera

82. The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream. – Tommy Hilfiger

83. Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is. – Bob Feller

84. Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace. – Mike Ditka

85. We learned about honesty and integrity that the truth matters that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square. – Michelle Obama

86. The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. – Zig Ziglar

87. Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better. – John Carmack

88. Sometimes we may ask God for success, and He gives us physical and mental stamina. We might plead for prosperity, and we receive enlarged perspective and increased patience, or we petition for growth and are blessed with the gift of grace. He may bestow upon us conviction and confidence as we strive to achieve worthy goals. – David A. Bednar

89. Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine. – Chris Hadfield

90. At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. – Jane D. Hull

91. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. – C. S. Lewis

92. Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another. – Napoleon Hill

93. The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime. – Babe Ruth

94. Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time. – Arnold H. Glasow

95. Six essential qualities that are the key to success. Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity. – William Menninger

96. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. – Albert Schweitzer

97. A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up. – Albert Schweitzer

98. Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration. – Evan Esar

99. There is no scientific answer for success. You can’t define it. You’ve simply got to live it and do it. – Anita Roddick

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100. So I feel like success is opportunity plus preparation, so work begets work, and as long as you’re prepared it’s going to continue to come your way. – Anthony Mackie

101. One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. – Arthur Ashe

102. One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. – Benjamin Disraeli

103. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear. – Brian Tracy

104. Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. – Charles Buxton

105. The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary. – Charles Caleb Colton

106. The key is over time. Success is built sequentially. It’s one thing at a time. – Gary Keller

107. The secret of success is sincerity. – Jean Giraudoux

108. Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. – Jim Rohn

109. Singleness of purpose is essential for success in life. – John D. Rockefeller

110. The key to my success has been to give up everything for my dream. – John H. Johnson

111. The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical. – Julius Erving

112. Success follows doing what you want to do. There is no other way to be successful. – Malcolm Forbes

113. Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses. – Marilyn vos Savant

114. Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success. – Martha Stewart

115. Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something. – Morihei Ueshiba

116. Four things for success. Work and pray, think and believe. – Norman Vincent Peale

117. Integrity is the essence of everything successful. – R. Buckminster Fuller

118. Success has a simple formula: do your best, and people may like it. – Sam Ewing

119. Success in any endeavor depends on the degree to which it is an expression of your true self. – Ralph Marston

120. Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?”. – Brian Tracy

121. Being best is a false goal, you have to measure success on your own terms. – Damien Hirst

122. Beauty is not in the face, beauty is a light in the heart. – Kahlil Gibran

123. I don’t work for the others, I work for myself. And I chose the way to work for myself. But working for myself, that means working for the society. If you really want to work for yourself, think about the others, the DT time, making sure you help others, because only when the other people are successful, when the other people are happy, you’ll be successful, you’ll be happy. – Jack Ma

124. Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming. – John Wooden

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125. The successful man doesn’t use others, other people use the successful man, for above all the success is of service. – Mark Caine

126. Success is about honour, feeling morally calibrated, absence of shame, not what some newspaper defines from an external metric. – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

127. Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals. – Paul J. Meyer

128. Success in anything is through happiness. – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

129. Modesty should be typical of the success of a champion. – Major Taylor

130. I think people often confuse success with fame and stardom. – Brenda Blethyn

131. We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause. – Steven Pressfield

If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done. – Ludwig Wittgenstein

132. Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman

133. Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy. – Denis Waitley

134. Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning. – Robert Kiyosaki

135. Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted. – David Bly

136. Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve. – Wilfred Peterson

137. Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them. – Vaibhav Shah

138. For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness. – Andy Rooney

139. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. – Robert Collier

140. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan

141. The best revenge is massive success. – Frank Sinatra

142. Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. – Napoleon Bonaparte

143. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

144. Success comes in cans, failure in can’ts.

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